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Democracy Specialist

U.S. Agency for International Development Washington, DC
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Democracy Specialist


U.S. Agency for International Development


- ##### Open & closing dates

08/23/2019 to 09/06/2019

- ##### Service


- ##### Pay scale & grade

GS 14

- ##### Salary

$117,191 to $152,352 per year

- ##### Appointment type


- ##### Work schedule

Full-Time - Full-time appointment in the Competitive Service. This
position is in the bargaining unit.


1 vacancy in the following location:


Washington, DC 1 vacancy

##### Relocation expenses reimbursed


##### Telework eligible

Yes as determined by agency policy

- Duties

### Summary

**You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you
submit your application package. Your application may not receive
full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as
outlined. **

This position is in the Ronald Reagan Building and International
Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC, in the
**Bureau for Africa, (AFR/SD/CPG),** at the **U.S. Agency for
International Development (USAID).**

Learn more about this agency

### Responsibilities

Incumbent in this position will represent the Agency in interagency
discussions related to elections, citizen-responsive governance,
closing political space, media freedom, and the rule of law.
Incumbent provides guidance and expertise to Bureau and Agency
leadership on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance issues, and
ensures that sound democratic principles are integrated across all

As a **Democracy Specialist** your duties will include the

- providing technical advice to the AFR Bureau and Missions, other
bureaus and units of USAID, State Department, and across
Inter-agencies in all areas related to political process and
elections, rule of law and human rights, good governance and
anti-corruption, and civil society and media strengthening
programs in the AFR region.
- responsible for developing and managing regional projects that
assist Africa-based USAID Missions in measuring the success of
DRG programs, as well as training African leaders in democratic
best practices. The incumbent is also responsible for monitoring
regional political trends and developments, and analyzing the
significance of these trends and the implications for USAID
- have a broad professional and academic background in the
elements of democratic governance and public policy analysis and
USAID programming/project development and implementation issues.
- participate in providing the Africa Bureau strategic thinking
and program and project development in the governance area. In
addition, the incumbent manages and/or coordinates the
implementation of several highly political and sensitive
projects within the Bureau relating to governance and civil

### Travel Required

Occasional travel - The position may require approximately two to
three oversea travels per year to sub-Saharan Africa, subject to the
availability of funds and the technical assistance needs of various
AFR Missions.

##### Supervisory status


##### Promotion Potential

14 - The full performance level of this position is GS-14

- #### Job family (Series)

0301 Miscellaneous Administration And Program

- Requirements

### Conditions of Employment

- United States Citizenship is required.
- Relevant experience (see Qualifications below).
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.
- Time in grade must be met by the closing date of the vacancy
- Males born after 12/31/1959, must be registered with the
Selective Service.
- Most recent SF-50 showing tenure code "1" or "2" (see Required

You must meet the Time-in-Grade requirements by the closing date of
this announcement. To meet these requirements, you must have served
at least 52 weeks at the next lower grade level (or equivalent) of
the position advertised in this vacancy announcement.

### Qualifications

**GS-14**; You must have one year of specialized experience at a
level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the
**GS-13** grade level in the Federal service. One year of experience
refers to full-time work; we consider part-time work on a prorated
basis. Examples of qualifying specialized experience at the next
lower level for this position includes: *(a) Organizes work, sets
priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines short-
or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; (b) Ability to
provide advice, guidance, and consultation based on results of
analyses; (c) *coordinates with other organizations or parts of the
organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates
outcomes; *and (d) fully conversant in the full-range of democratic
governance interventions.*

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer
work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps,
AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional;
philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social).
Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and
skills and can provide valuable training and experience that
translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for
all qualifying experience, relevant to the duties of the position to
be filled, including volunteer experience.

**CTAP **candidates will be referred to the selecting official if
they are found well qualified. **Well-qualified** means an eligible
employee who possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities which
clearly exceed the minimum requirements of the position. A
well-qualified employee must meet the qualification and eligibility
requirements of the job, including any medical qualifications,
suitability, and minimum education and experience requirements, meet
all selective factors (where applicable); meet quality ranking
factors and are assigned a score of **85 or higher;** be physically
qualified with reasonable accommodation to perform the essential
duties of the position; meet any special qualifying U.S.
OPM-approved conditions; AND be able to satisfactorily perform the
functions of the job upon entry without additional training.

A well-qualified candidate will not necessarily meet the definition
of highly or best qualified when evaluated against other candidates
who apply for a particular position. In the absence of selective and
quality ranking factors, selecting officials will document the
job-related reason(s) for qualification determinations.

### Education

This position does not have a defined education requirement.
Therefore, ?**no transcripts are required**.

### Additional information

USAID is an independent Federal Government agency that receives
overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. With
headquarters in the District of Columbia, we operate in more than
100 countries around the world, playing an active and critical role
in the promotion of U.S. foreign policy interests. When crisis
strikes; when rights are repressed; when hunger, disease and poverty
rob people of opportunity; USAID acts on behalf of the American
people to help expand the reach of prosperity and dignity to the
world's most vulnerable people. USAID employees and contractors must
commit to maintaining a workplace free of sexual misconduct,
including harassment, exploitation, and abuse and adhere to USAID's
Counter-Trafficking in Persons Code of Conduct. For information on
the effort to counter all forms of human trafficking, including the
procurement of commercial sex acts and the use of forced labor,
visit For more information about USAID,

This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

These are Testing Designated Positions (TDP's) under the Agency's
approved Drug-Free Work Place Program. All applicants selected for
this position will be subject to random drug testing once they begin
working for the Agency.

Moving and relocation expenses are **not** authorized.

*Mythbuster on Federal Hiring Policies:*\_Recruitment/tools/Mythbuster\_on\_Federal\_Hiring\_Policies.pdf.

EEO Policy: EEO Policy Statement.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy: Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Veterans' Information: Veterans Information.


Selective Service Registration:

It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply
because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial
difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual.
Information about an individual's employment experience will be
used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his
or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although
an individual's conduct may be relevant in any employment decision,
including behavior during periods of unemployment or evidence of
dishonesty in handling financial matters, a financial difficulty
that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally
not itself be the basis of unfavorable suitability or fitness

### How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the
qualifications above.

We will review your application package to ensure you meet the job
and eligibility requirements, including the education and experience
required for this position. If you meet the minimum qualifications
stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume,
optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses
on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/ No,
Multiple Choice questions) to determine if your resume supports your
answers to the assessment questionnaire. If your resume does not
reinforce your responses to the online assessment questionnaire, it
will affect your eligibility for further consideration. You may be
found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies
required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we
will rate you as ineligible. We will refer all candidates that we
rank as **Highly Qualified** to the hiring manager, and they **may**
invite the referred applicants for an interview.

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the
following competencies:

- Planning and Evaluating
- Problem Solving
- Interpersonal Skills
- Technical Competence (Democracy Programs)
- Oral Communication

**To preview questions please click here.**

### Background checks and security clearance

##### Security clearance


##### Drug test required


- Required Documents

- Resume showing relevant experience.
- **CTAP** Eligibles: Must submit a copy of the appropriate
documentation such as a reduction-in-force (RIF) separation
notice, an SF-50 reflecting your RIF separation, or a notice of
proposed removal for declining a direct reassign or transfer of
function to another commuting area. You MUST also submit
documentation to reflect your current (or last) performance
rating of record of at least "fully successful" (Level III) or
equivalent, along with your application/resume package.
- If this position requires proof of higher education, you
must submit a copy of your transcript **(unofficial or
official) **or a list of courses that includes the following
information: name of accredited institution, grades earned,
completion dates, and the quarter and semester hours earned.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be
used to meet the requirements. Please refer to
for more information. Please be advised that an **official
transcript will be required** if you are selected for the
- Most recent copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel
Action); your document **must reflect grade, step, tenure code
"1" (Career) or "2" (Career-Conditional), and type of position

#### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution
recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be
credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the
attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting
institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this
vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may
affect the overall rating.

- Benefits

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a
comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your
family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to
make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal

Working for USAID offers comprehensive benefits including paid
vacation, sick leave, holidays, life and health insurance, and the
Federal Employees Retirement System. You can explore the benefits
offered to most Federal employees
at USAID's headquarters is in
downtown Washington, D.C., at the Ronald Reagan Building and
International Trade Center on 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue,
N.W., on the Federal Triangle Metro Blue, Silver, and Orange Lines.
The office is within walking distance of restaurants, shops,
museums, and the Washington Monument. A physical fitness facility
and food court are on site. You may be eligible for telework per
Agency policy.

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold
and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent.
Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific
benefits offered.

- How to Apply

The following instructions outline our application process. You must
complete this online application process and submit any applicable
required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing
date of this announcement. **If applying online poses an extreme
hardship, you must contact the human resources office no later than
two business days before the closing date of this vacancy
announcement. We will provide you with an alternative application
method upon approval of the hardship notification. After the
deadline for this vacancy announcement, we will not grant any
requests to apply via alternative methods.**

Please note that all required documents must be received by the
closing date, via online or alternative methods, and that we will
determine your eligibility and qualifications based solely on the
material received by the closing date.

**Step 1 - Review the Job Announcement**
Before you apply, we suggest you review the entire job announcement.
Pay close attention to the Major Duties section and the How You
Will Be Evaluated section where you will see the areas upon which
your application will be evaluated and a link for previewing online

**Step 2 - Create or Upload a resume with USAJOBS**
-Create or upload a resume in USAJOBS. You may wish to customize
your resume to ensure it supports your responses to the online
questions and addresses the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities listed
in the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement.
For resume tips, click here.
-Although you must enter your Social Security Number (SSN) for
USAJOBS, we will only see the last four digits for identification

**Step 3 - Apply Online**
Click the "Apply Online" button on this announcement and then select
the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will be
redirected to the Department of the Treasury's CareerConnector
website to complete the application process.

**Step 4 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online
If this is your first time on Treasury's CareerConnector website,
you will be prompted to register by answering questions related to
your eligibility for Federal employment. The system will save these
responses and take you back to the main screen so that you can
respond to the job-specific questions. Select "Take me to the
assessment" and click on the "Next" button to answer the
job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click
the "Finish" button.

**Step 5 - Review and Confirm Your Submission**
You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax
cover-sheets for documents (see Step 6 for details). Once you click
"Done," you will see a summary of your application for your review.
You may also print a copy for your records. When you click "Finish"
at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS
where you can confirm that your application has been submitted and
track your application status.

**Step 6 - Submit Documents**
You can submit any applicable required or optional documents (see
below) by document upload, fax, or e-mail. Whichever method you
choose, please include the job announcement number with your
records. To protect your privacy, we encourage you to remove your
SSN from any material that you submit.

**Document Upload:** You may upload documents in one of two ways:
**1.** Once you finish answering the questions in the job
announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to
your application. You will be given a choice to either upload the
document as part of the application process or select a document
that you've already loaded on USAJOBS. Or

**2.** You can upload a document to an existing application by
logging into your USAJOBS account profile. Click on "My
Applications" and search for the vacancy. Once you've located the
vacancy, click on the vacancy and select "Apply Online." Move
through your existing application to the Documents page and select
Upload to add a document to your application. Be sure to review
your complete application for confirmation that the material
In the Application Review section, you may verify acceptance of your
documents in Career Connector if you see them listed on the "Vacancy
Documents" screen. Then, click on "Finished" to be returned to

**Fax:** Print a fax cover-sheet in Career Connector by following
the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions. The fax number
will be provided on the cover-sheet.
If you are having difficulty within the Career Connector system and
need technical assistance please email the help desk at The help desk is available to
assist you during the hours of 8:00 am- 4:30 pm EST.

### Agency contact information

### Carol M Tucker

##### Phone


##### Fax


##### Email

##### Address

United States Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20523-0016
United States

Learn more about this agency

### Next steps

Applicants are evaluated using an automated applicant assessment
system. After determining basic eligibility and qualifications, the
supplemental questionnaire will be used to identify the
best-qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for
consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the
outcome after each of these steps. After making a tentative job
offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background
investigation. A final job offer is contingent upon a favorable
suitability determination and a favorable **SECRET** level security
clearance investigation and determination.

You may check the status of your application for this position at
any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking
on "Application Status." You will receive final notification via
email when this vacancy has been filled. Please notify us if your
contact information changes after the closing date of the
announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that
is inaccurate or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g.,
spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that
could affect your consideration for this position.

- Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent.
Please read the following guidance.

### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on
the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and
gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual
orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age,
membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental
status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

- Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job

### Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants
with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable
accommodation for any part of the application process should follow
the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part
of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the
hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable
accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work
environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an
individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties
or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide
reasonable accommodations when:

- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an
equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform
the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive
equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and
office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the
application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are
considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations
or how to contact an agency.

#### Legal and regulatory guidance

- Financial suitability
- Social security number request
- Privacy Act
- Signature and false statements
- Selective Service
- New employee probationary period

This job originated on For the full announcement and to
apply, visit Only resumes
submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed
at will be considered.

U.S. Agency for International Development

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